Experience Belgium with Martin’s Hotels

This week’s blog is dedicated to the fantastic Martins properties. These properties are all situated in Brussels and Waterloo which is widely considered to be a fantastic up and coming golfing destination in Europe. It isn’t hard to see why Brussels, Belgium’s fascinating capital, is a top pick for those looking for a great golf break. The region is home to an array of brilliant golf courses, interesting history and great food and drink. As it is situated just a few hours’ flight away from the UK, Brussels and Waterloo are the perfect destinations for those looking for a short weekend break, or a longer golf holiday.

First up, we have Martins All Suites which is a great four-star property situated in the beautiful city of Louvain La Neuve, nestled between the lake and the city centre. This hotel is located right next door to the sister property, Martins Louvain La Neuve.

There are 102 spacious guest rooms within the hotel and all of them feature a separate seating area and modern décor. You can also take advantage of the retractable kitchen and the private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy breath-taking city views. As you are close to the city centre when staying at Martins All Suites, you can easily venture out for your meals but, if you choose to stay within the resort, we know you won’t be disappointed. The B’ Comme Brasserie boasts Belgian culinary delights in the evenings and boasts a great menu as well as a lovely ambience. The hotel is situated within the heart of the Agora complex, so you have full access to the spa and wellness facilities on offer within the complex as well as some brilliant golf nearby including Golf Club de Louvain La Nueve, Golf du Bercuit and Golf L’Empereur.

Situated next-door to Martins All Suites is the three-star Martins Louvain La Neuve. This comfortable hotel is situated close by to the Golf Club de Louvain La Nueve and boasts 108 guest rooms. Within each of the rooms, you will find everything that you need in order to have a great stay including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a safe and air conditioning.

 

The hotel boasts a great location in the pedestrian centre of Louvain Le Neuve. Like the Martins All Suites, the Martins Louvain La Neuve is situated within the Agora complex where you can make use of the spa and wellness facilities. Whilst you are here, you can also enjoy the B’ Comme Brasserie both in the mornings for a varied American breakfast and at night for some Belgian specialities. You can also relax in the lounge bar. These two properties are an excellent choice for your next golf break to Louvain Le Neuve.

Martins Brussels EU is a modern, four-star hotel which boasts a great, central location in the heart of the city of Brussels, just five minutes’ walk from the historical centre.

Whilst you are not challenging one of the brilliant golf courses in the area, you can make use of the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a gym and sauna, or you can explore the capital of Belgium. As you are located so centrally here, it is easy to venture out of the hotel to explore the culinary delights that Brussels has on offer. But, if you stay in the hotel, there is the great Icones restaurant which serves a range of international cuisine and Belgian fusion in a stylish setting as well as a hot and cold buffet selection in the mornings. This is the perfect hotel for those wanting to explore the city whilst enjoying some excellent golf like Brabantse Golf Club, Golf d’Hulencourt and Golf Club de Sept Fontaines.

The five-star Martins Chateau Du Lac is set in an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a beautiful landscape park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as an abundance of fantastic golf courses.

Whilst you are not out challenging some of Belgium’s top golf courses, you can enjoy the hotel’s extensive wellness area which comprises a sauna, solarium, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and a range of massage treatments. Alternatively, you can keep active on the tennis courts and at the fitness centre. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed, modern guestrooms which are all fully-equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. In the evenings, relax in the Genval Les Bains lounge and bar and in the mornings, you can enjoy a lovely breakfast served at the hotel’s restaurant whilst you enjoy scenic views of the Genval lake. If you are looking for a luxurious and relaxing golf break, somewhere you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity that this beautiful area has to offer then look no further than a golf break at Martins Chateau du Lac.

Just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Brussels and near the centre of Waterloo, sits the four-star Martins Grand Hotel. The hotel boasts just 79 spacious, well-equipped guest rooms which are all decorated in a modern fashion and feature all of the amenities that you could need in order to make the most of your golf escape.

The hotel boasts some great leisure facilities onsite including the fully-functional fitness centre. For food and drink, you will not be disappointed with the bars within the hotel or the restaurant, Lu Sucrerie which offers a delightful menu filled with both Belgian and International favourites. There is the onsite Club bar where you can enjoy a few drinks in the evening and down the road, there is a lively Irish bar where you can have a more eventful evening! It is no surprise that Martins Grand is becoming a popular destination for golfers due to its great location in Waterloo where you have some great golf courses nearby like Golf du Bercuit, Golf du Hulencourt and the two excellent courses at Golf de Sept Fontaines.

The four-star Martins Klooster is a former 16th century convent which has been crafted into a modern, four-star hotel which boasts large amounts of character and charm. The hotel is sityated in the centre of Louven just 300 yards from the Oude Markt and a short drive away from the city centre of Brussels.

There is a lot to explore in the area around Martins Klooster including the Museum Leuven and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Beguinage. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the brilliant golf that you can play during your stay like Winge Golf and Country Club, Golf du Bercuit and Brabantse Golf Club. Each of the hotel’s elegant guest rooms has been decorated with warm tones and they are all fully-equipped with a satellite TV, a mini bar and a contemporary bathroom. The hotel’s restaurant, The Winter Garden, serves delicious international dishes. After your meal, you can relax in the bar area where you can find an open fire place. Due to the hotel’s location, you can find plenty of outdoor cafes and boutique restaurants within a short distance of the hotel. From the minute that you walk into Martins Klooster, you will start to enjoy your great golf break here where you can explore the brilliant golf courses of the area.

The four-star Martins Patershof is situated in the historic city of Michelen, in the north of Brussels and is a great, unique accommodation choice. The hotel is set within a former church and beautifully combines the original features with the stylish, modern interior.

Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is fully-equipped with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, an in room safe and tea and coffee making facilities. In the mornings, you can enjoy the hotel’s buffet breakfast where you can get a healthy start to your day before tackling one of the challenging nearby golf courses. The hotel’s restaurant can be found within the choir of the old church building. In the evenings, take some time to relax within the bar where you can find a range of Belgian beers and cocktails. Michelen itself is well worth exploring on the days where you are not playing golf as there is so much on offer for those of you who are culture enthusiasts. You can find resorted buildings and museums amongst other attractions. Martins Patershof is the perfect hotel for those looking for a peaceful golf escape to Belgium where you can enjoy the history and cuisine of the area whilst being a little set back from the action.

Next, we have Martins Red which was built in 2005 and stands today as a fantastic, modern four-star hotel situated in the small town of Tubize, 12 miles from Brussels. This hotel is nationally famous for being the headquarters and training centre for the Belgian International football team, the Red Devils.

As you would expect, there are optimised sporting facilities here including a fully-equipped gym, a wellness centre, football fields and tennis courts. However, the main attraction of this hotel is the fantastic nearby golf courses including Golf Club de Sept Fontaines and the parkland courses at Golf Chateau de La Tournette. Within the hotel, you can find the hotel’s restaurant which boasts fantastic international cuisine and Belgian favourites. There is also the sports bar where you can find multiple screens to watch the latest golfing highlights and other sports channels. The hotel only features 79 guest rooms and they all feature the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a Smart TV, air conditioning, a safe, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. This is an ideal hotel for those who are sports fanatics and who are looking for a lovely hotel from which they can easily explore the surrounding courses of Brussels and Waterloo.

Martins Rentmeesterij is a four-star hotel situated in the town of Blizen. This beautiful, historic building dates back to the 13th century and is located just 150 metres from the region’s most famous landmark, the Grand Commandery of Alden Biesen and only 10 minutes’ drive from Maastricht.

Whilst you are not out tackling challenging golf courses, you can relax within the hotel’s spa and wellness sanctuary or venture out to explore the cultural Belgian towns which are within close proximity of this great hotel. Due to the fact that there are so many great towns on the doorstep of the hotel, it is easy for you to venture out to explore the culinary delights these towns have on offer. However, the hotel’s restaurant, AKKO serves a delicious continental breakfast and a variety of different dishes in the evening. There are different hotel unit options including rooms and suites. Each unit is equipped with a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. Whether you are looking to explore courses like Winge Golf and Country Club or Golf du Bercuit or explore the region’s local towns, look no further than a golf holiday to Martins Rentmeesterij.

Last, but certainly not least, is the charming, three-star Martins Waterloo which is situated in a local residential area just outside of the historic centre of Waterloo. This is a relatively new hotel but is has quickly established itself as being one of the most popular in Belgium due to its superb location and great value.

Whilst you are here, you are just a short walk from Waterloo and only 25 minutes’ drive into Brussels. As the hotel boasts such a great location, you will never be short of things to do, see, eat or drink during your stay here. Also, the hotel itself boasts a great restaurant, La Sucrerie Restaurant serves both Belgian and international dishes within a prime setting. You can enjoy a few drinks at The Bar Club whilst you reminisce over the highs and lows of your round of golf that day. The Martins Waterloo hotel is a great choice for those looking for value for money as well as the chance to play the courses at Golf de Sept Fontaines, Golf du Hulencourt and Golf du Bercuit.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog. Although Belgium may not have been on your radar prior to reading this, we hope that it is now! There are some truly excellent properties situated in Brussels and Waterloo waiting for you to explore. Make sure to give us a call if you would like to discuss your next golf holiday – wherever that may be!

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9 Golf Courses in the UK You Should Consider

This week’s blog is a guide to nine great golf courses situated within the UK that you should consider taking a trip to. The weather is slowly but surely starting to warm up, the days are longer, and summer is fast approaching. If you are not planning on taking a golf escape abroad and even if you are, make sure to get in some quality golf in the UK.

 

The Shire in London was designed by Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros and it is the only course that he has designed in the UK. The course boasts a parkland Florida-style layout with six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s. From each hole, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas from woodland plantations with over 10,000 mature trees to links-feel holes with gorse and high-level fescues.

The course’s fairways follow the natural contours of the landscape, you will be rewarded for long, accurate shots but sometimes, taking the shorter option may be safer. There are fast, true greens with subtle slopes and borrows to challenge you right at the end of each hole. Water features heavily throughout the course, there are natural lakes and man-made lakes along the way. On the final hole, you will find a water feature in an “S” shape in honour of Seve.

This is a fantastic golf course which boasts a range of tee options to make it playable for those of all abilities. After your round, enjoy a great meal and a few drinks in the clubhouse.

Next, we have the Strand Course at Portstewart Golf Club which was designed by Des Griffin and opened for play in 1992. It is a very impressive course which stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The Strand Course is great fun to play with a brilliant opening nine holes which are carved out from huge dunes and boasts stunning views over the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle.

Right from the 1st tee, you can enjoy the stunning views of the beach and the links hole beneath you. The course boasts a wide range of different and uniquely designed holes throughout the course including two fantastic par 3s on the front nine. This is a brilliant course situated in Northern Ireland and perfect for those looking for a fun and challenging course which will stay in your mind for long after the round is finished.

The Royal Belfast Golf Club is one of only a handful of golf clubs that have the prefix “Royal” to their name. This is the oldest golf club in Ireland and boasts a brilliant clubhouse filled with old golfing memorabilia. The course was designed by the great Harry Colt who designed the course so that its holes roll over the parkland beautifully. There is no doubt that this course is a stern test of golf despite its shorter than average length with some very long par 3s, challenging opening and closing par 4s and 5s and some difficult bunkering to navigate your way around. From some of the holes, you can enjoy stunning views across the Loch.

You begin the round with some very long and challenging par 4s but the 9th, 10th and 11th are very enjoyable holes which you will play along the shoreline. There are three difficult par 5s to conclude the round. After your round, make sure to make your way to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a great meal and a few drinks whilst reminiscing over this brilliant course.

Castle Stuart is a great course, even before you reach the course you will be impressed by the three-tiered clubhouse and the magnificent views. The Championship course opened for play in 2009 and runs along the Moray Firth with beautiful views of Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle.

Four Scottish Opens have been held at Castle Stuart, one of these was within the first year of the opening of the course. This is a wonderfully impressive course and is one that will stay in your mind for long after you make your final putt on the 18th hole. After your round, you can enjoy a meal and drinks in the club’s impressive clubhouse. From the clubhouse, you can enjoy beautiful views over the course whilst you reminisce over this challenging round. If you are looking to make a golf break out of it, you can rent one of the properties surrounding the course so that you never need to leave this stunning area.

Situated in Wales is the brilliant Nefyn and District Golf Club. The course boasts a dramatic and impressive location situated on the cliff tops at the foot of the Porthdinllaen headland. There are only a few seaside courses from which you can actually enjoy beautiful views of the sea from every hole but, you can here at Nefyn.

The course’s opening holes take you out from the clubhouse to the clifftop holes on the edge of the headland. You will enjoy the back nine as you play eight holes along the Point peninsula from which you can enjoy spectacular views whilst you tackle the fairways and tees situated above secluded coves and inlets. After the 15th, you can take a footpath down to the Ty Coch Inn which is situated on the beach and offers you the perfect option to enjoy a few drinks whilst you take a break.

With 18 very different and special holes, this is a superb and memorable golf course with breath-taking surroundings and great facilities. If you are looking to enjoy a golf escape to the area, take a look at the great Royal Sportsman Hotel.

Situated at the rear of the estate at Carden Park is the brilliant Cheshire Course. The course is reminiscent of the finest British heathland courses and offers stunning, panoramic views across the Cheshire countryside to the mountains of Wales.

The course can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer due to the wealth of natural hazards that are situated along the course. There are many bunkers which have been designed to flow with the natural contours of the landscape – you will need an accurate shot if you are to avoid them all.

There is no doubt that the end to your round will be wonderfully dramatic and scenic due to the tough 16th and 17th holes followed by the 18th which is set atop the sandstone cliffs overlooking the resort and Welsh hills. There is no doubt that a round at Carden Park, Cheshire course is one that you will never forget. Take a look at the Carden Park Hotel if you are looking to make the most of this course and the stunning surroundings.

The Donald Steel designed Championship Golf Course at the Macdonald Portal Hotel opened for play in 1990 and has since gained a great reputation for providing golfers with a fantastic round of golf. The course stretched to over 7,000 yards over historic land and a former battlefield. Due to the length of the course and the fact that it boasts many undulating fairways, we would recommend that you may want to consider getting a buggy to make the most of the round.

There are some particularly brilliant holes including the 3rd which is a monster 602-yard long par 5 which boasts an elevated tee. Only the longest hitters will be able to reach the green in two. The course winds its way through an exciting parkland layout boasting charming water features and mature trees and each of the USGA standard greens comes with breath taking views over the Cheshire countryside. Right from the first tee to the very last, this a special golf course and one that will leave you with an excited feeling, even if the scorecard isn’t great! The only thing that could make this course any better is a stay at the lovely Macdonald Portal Hotel.

There are two courses at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club – Gainsborough and Constable. The championship Gainsborough course opened for play in 1972 and has matured beautifully into being one of the region’s best golf courses. The course is routed along the edge of the beautiful Dedham \Vale which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Gainsborough course measures a great 7,000 yards and due to the varied nature of the course, golfers leave the course and remember many of the holes for long after they finish the round. There are long holes, short holes, doglegs in many directions, uphill, downhill and other various tough holes for you to contend with along the course. Two of the best holes along the course are the 10th and the 11th holes. The 10th is a great hole, a 418-yard par 4, you must drive over a lake in order to reach a position 150 yards from the green with the same lake waiting to catch your approach shot.

This is a fantastic round of golf and in 1999, the Stoke by Nayland Club added a luxurious hotel, health club and a conference centre perfect for those looking to enjoy the fantastic courses at this club.

Last, but certainly not least, is Mottram Hall Golf Course. This course is situated within 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, it is open all year round and boasts an interesting and challenging layout with stunning fairways, well-guarded greens and beautiful countryside.

The course stretched to just over 7.000 yards long from the back tee and was designed by the renowned architects, Dave Thomas. The course played host to the 2013 European Senor’s PGA Championship and it isn’t hard to see why the course was picked to host a great event. The course’s front nine holes are a fairly easy set of holes and boast the impressive backdrop of the 18th century Hall whilst they gently roll over meadowland.

The back nine of the course winds through lush woodland and puts golfers of all abilities to their test. There is no doubt that this course is an exciting challenge for those of all abilities. One of the best things about this course is the fact that it is onsite of the Mottram Hall Hotel where you can enjoy a relaxing and luxurious golf escape.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best courses in the UK that we would recommend you take a trip to play. Wherever you are situated in the UK, one of these courses will be situated near you. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 if you are interested in booking a golf break to one of these courses as we know our stuff and we can definitely sort you out with the perfect UK golf escape for you and whoever you are travelling with.

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7 Cosy Hotel & Golf Stays

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our most cosy hotel and golf stays. If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere for your next golf break or, if you are just not sure what you are looking for but you know that you want to get away from this rain – take a look at some of these great hotels and give us a call if you want to check anything out further!

 

Situated in the heart of the medieval centre of Bologna lies the stunning, four-star, boutique hotel, Art Hotel Commericianti. The hotel boasts a fantastic location just a short stroll away from great bars and restaurants as well as some of the city’s best attractions. Of course, one of the main attractions about this hotel is the excellent golf courses that lie within close proximity of the hotel. You are just 15km from Bologna Golf Club, 20km from Le Fonti Golf Club and 35km from Modena Golf and Country Club meaning that you really have excellent golf at your fingertips.

The hotel recently underwent extensive refurbishments but, its historical traditions have been preserved. Within the hotel, you will find vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and gothic stained-glass windows. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully furnished with a comforting atmosphere and many of the rooms boast beautiful views of the Basilica di San Petronio. The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast option; in the mornings you can enjoy a range of pastries, fresh bread, espresso coffee and other delicacies at the international buffet.

Whether your entire party comprises of keen golfers looking to play as much golf as possible or a few non-golfers who prefer to sightsee, this hotel offers something for everyone. Within close distance of the hotel, you can find the Piazza Maggiore which is a lively plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval buildings including the City Hall and the Basilica di San Petronio. Make sure to take a closer look at this cosy hotel for your next golf escape to Italy.

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is situated in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the impressive casino and just a few minutes’ stroll from the beautiful sandy beach.

Each of the hotel’s communal areas is beautifully decorated with traditional Portuguese style furnishings and the hotel’s guest rooms boast individual décor. This hotel boasts a wonderful old charm and character that can be sensed by each and every one of its guests. Whilst you are here, if you book now, you can enjoy free access for the spa and golfers will be pleased to find out that if you book tee times at Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha, Penha Longa or Beloura whilst staying here, you can receive complimentary transfers.

From the minute that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will know that you will have a fantastic time, the service is unrivalled and there is an air of exclusivity within the hotel. The hotel boasts two great restaurants and a bar so that if you prefer not to venture out, you do not have to. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and offers the opportunity for you to enjoy a meal and a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens and the pool. Alternatively, opt for a meal at the sophisticated Grill Four Seasons Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal from an extensive menu filled with international cuisine and traditional Portuguese dishes.

If you are looking for a classy golf escape, look no further than the luxurious Palacio Estoril Hotel.

 

The four-star Isla Canela Golf Hotel is the ideal place for golfers who are looking to enjoy as many rounds as possible on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course. There is no doubt that this hotel boasts an idyllic location situated on site to the Isla Canela Golf Course as well as in close proximity to a great range of bars, restaurants and the beach.

The great thing about Isla Canela Golf is that you really can have the best of both worlds and enjoy the cosy feel of being set away from the hustle and bustle associated with coastal resorts whilst still being within walking distance of a small selection of restaurants and bars. If you are looking to venture into a town, you can drive into the centre of Ayamonte in just 10 minutes.

There are just 56 double rooms and two suites situated within the hotel. All of the guest rooms feature modern furnishings as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony, a hairdryer, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Of course, the main attraction of this lovely hotel is the Isla Canela Golf Course. However, there are some great leisure facilities for those who aren’t looking to spend copious amounts of time on the golf course. These include a large outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna and massage treatment room.

If you choose to remain within the hotel for meals, you will not be disappointed by the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant which offers an extensive menu with both Mediterranean dishes and international favourites. The dinner is part of the great half-board option and is a five-course table d’hotel menu. Look no further for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz than Isla Canela Golf.

 

Next, we have the stunning Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. This four-star suite accommodation retreat is situated in Castro Marim, just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and only 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. The hotel boasts an excellent location for exploring the local cities and enjoying what they have to offer in terms of food, drink, nightlife and history but also, there is some excellent golf. For example, you can enjoy rounds on the fantastic Quinta do Vale Golf Course which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

There are just 40 spacious suites within the hotel, each of them is beautifully decorated and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, a satellite TV and a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s location. The suites also boast fully-equipped kitchenette facilities as well as a separate lounge.

For non-golfers, you can spend your days exploring the nearby coves or relaxing on the beach. There are also lots of options for different day trips including a day trip out on a boat on the Guadiana River. If you are looking to enjoy an unforgettable stay, immersed in nature, look no further than the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel.

 

La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal choice for a luxurious golf break in the Costa Blanca. The hotel sits in the heart of the La Finca Golf Course and boasts excellent leisure facilities as well as fantastic service. There is no doubt that this is a five-star hotel in every possible way.

Golfers can enjoy boasting a prime position to play the prestigious La Finca Golf Course as well as other courses in the area but, those non-golfers will also be grateful to this hotel’s excellent location as you can easily reach the stunning beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja. Non-golfers can also enjoy access to the spa and wellness facilities which offers a wide range of body and facial treatments as well as a sauna, indoor pool and hot tub. There are extensive sporting facilities including paddle courts, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as a large outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel offers 120 guest rooms which all boast either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. Each of the rooms is equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need or want in order to make the most out of your stay. These include air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

This is a wonderful hotel with a great location, take a closer look at this hotel online or give us a call if you want to run anything golf-related through with us!

 

Situated in Murcia is the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. This luxurious golf resort is nestled in between Murcia and Cartagena and boasts great facilities, stunning surroundings and beautiful guest rooms.

The hotel offers 155 stylish guest rooms and 100 two or three-bedroom apartments which are all fully-equipped with the modern facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

No one would ever go hungry here, there are plenty of options for your evening meal with three different restaurants to choose from. The Gourmet Nikkei Restaurant boasts delicious Mediterranean cuisine whilst the buffet restaurant provides a varied selection of international favourites. The Golf Lobby Bar is perfect for those looking to grab a light dinner or lunch.

Golfers are in paradise here as there is a large selection of impressive golf courses within a 30-minute drive of the hotel including Saurines de la Torre, Roda Golf and Alhamra Signature Course. Non-golfers will enjoy staying at this hotel for the excellent facilities. There is a tranquil spa area as well as a great outdoor pool area perfect for sun-worshippers.

If you are looking for a tranquil, Spanish golf break in beautiful surroundings with some excellent golf courses nearby, look no further than the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf escape.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Hotel Jardin Tecina located on the stunning island of La Gomera. The resort stands beautifully on the top of a cliff with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring island of Tenerife. This hotel makes a great base for a golf escape as it sits on top of a village where you can find a wide array of great bars and restaurants, as well as a beach.

The hotel boasts a great, tranquil location situated amongst acres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers. During the day, take a stroll into the village, relax around the pool or take on the challenge of Tecina Golf.

Each of the guest rooms boasts either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views. The rooms also include all of the modern luxuries that you would expect from this four-star hotel, these include complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. The guest rooms are dotted around the gardens in small white houses which creates a beautiful setting.

There are extensive leisure facilities within the hotel’s grounds including five pool areas meaning that you will always be able to find some peace and quiet for you and your group. There are also extensive sporting facilities including four tennis courts and two squash courts as well as mini-golf and table tennis. For those looking for a relaxing break, you can take a trip to the hotel’s spa to indulge in a massage or treatment.

Due to the hotel’s prime location, you have easy access to bars and restaurants. However, there are great options within the hotel. In the main restaurant, you can find a daily buffet and there is also the Tasca Fandango restaurant where you can enjoy traditional dishes. There are five bars on offer to guests and the terrace bar makes the ideal place for meeting friends and family.

For a relaxing golf escape, the Jardin Tecina makes a superb option for you.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these impressive and beautiful resorts have caught your eye. Even if one of these hotels isn’t “the one” for you, make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777, we pride ourselves on knowing how to tailor make a golf break for anyone.

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Escape to Huelva, Costa de la Luz

This week’s blog is a guide to Huelva, Costa de la Luz. The Costa de la Luz is also known as the Spanish Algarve and is a popular destination for golfers due to its stunning, sandy beaches and ever-growing choice of excellent golf courses. You can reach Huelva by flying into either Faro of Seville which are just an hour’s drive away. At the moment, if you book a golf escape to Huelva, we will give you 50% towards your golf club carriage on any flight of your choosing – this is a massive saving of up to £40 per person!

There are lots of great resorts to choose from if you choose to take advantage of our offer and book your next golf holiday to Huelva, these are just a few of the great options that you have…

 

The Precise Resort El Rompido is a brilliant five-star hotel which boasts a fantastic location onsite to the two excellent golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does the resort boast a great location for you to make the most out of these fantastic golf clubs but you will also be situated just a few minutes’ drive from the lovely fishing town of El Rompido.

There are several different accommodation options within the hotel; you can choose from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal if you are travelling with friends or your family. Regardless of the room that you opt for, the rooms are all equipped with a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the stunning views of the hotel’s grounds. You can also find all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a satellite TV. If you are travelling here as a non-golfer, you will not be disappointed as there are plenty of things to do within the resort whilst other members of the party go off and enjoy a round of golf! Leisure facilities at the hotel include a large outdoor swimming pool and an extensive spa complex.

Of course, as you are close to the fishing town of El Rompido, you can go out for meals during your stay but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. There is a large buffet restaurant, an a la carte serving delicious Italian cuisine and a lobby bar which serves up a great menu of cocktails, wines and beers as well as a bakery! With extensive leisure facilities, two excellent golf courses (El Rompido North and El Rompido South) as well as a great town nearby, we cannot recommend Precise Resort El Rompido enough to you for your next golf break to Huelva.

 

The four-star Isla Canela Golf is a fantastic hotel for golfers who are looking to enjoy a few rounds on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course. The hotel sits just next door to the course and boasts a prime location near to a range of bars, restaurants and a beach. The hotel boasts a great location as you get to enjoy the quietness of being set back from the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts, yet you are still within walking distance to a great selection of bars and restaurants. If you travel just 10 minutes in the car, you can reach the centre of Ayamonte where you can find even more bars and restaurants as well as some shops.

There are just 56 double guest rooms and two suites within the hotel. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully with modern furnishings and boasts all of the essentials that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay. All of the rooms boast a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the Isla Canela Golf Course.

Of course, the main attraction of Isla Canela Golf is the superb golf course located just next door, but if you are travelling as a non-golfer or want to make use of the other leisure facilities then there is plenty for you to enjoy. The hotel boasts a large outdoor swimming pool which is lined with sunbeds and parasols and there is also a sauna and massage treatment room.

Due to the location of the hotel, you can venture out for lunches and dinners during your stay, however, the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant boasts a wide menu with delicious Mediterranean dishes as well as some international favourites. The dinner within the hotel, which is part of your half-board option, is a five-course table d’hotel menu. If you are wanting a light snack or some tapas during the day, you can find the hotel’s café which boasts a lovely terrace from which you can overlook the golf course.

There is no doubt that Isla Canela Golf is a perfect resort for golfers looking to enjoy a few rounds on the brilliant Isla Canela Golf Course and make use of all the great facilities within the hotel. Also, due to the hotel’s location, you can reach the Costa Esuri West within 15 minutes by car.

 

The Isla Canela Golf Apartments are a great value option for your next golf escape to the Costa de la Luz. The apartments are situated between the golf course of Isla Canela and the beach. Each of the apartments boasts two spacious bedrooms as well as a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and a sun terrace. Each of the apartments can enjoy the use of the outdoor swimming pool, communal gardens and tennis courts. There is also a cycle path from the apartments to the beach and the nearby resort town of Ayamonte.

The apartments boast a great location for you to fully explore the Costa de la Luz region whilst also being close to the Portuguese border and the Algarve where you can find an array of great golf courses. For those of you who will not be playing golf, you can enjoy excursions and some of the best gastronomy around! If you are looking for a great option for your next self-catering golf escape, then look no further than the Isla Canela Golf Apartments.

 

The Melia Atlantico Isla Canela is a firm favourite among golfers in the Costa de la Luz due to its excellent position within easy driving distance to some of the region’s best golf courses. The hotel boasts some superb leisure facilities and is within close proximity of the beach and the town of Ayamonte.

The hotel boasts a range of guest rooms, if you are travelling as a family you can enjoy one of their great family rooms. Most of the rooms boast a private balcony from which you can enjoy the hotel’s scenic surroundings, the rooms also boast all of the amenities and facilities that you could need including air conditioning, large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

During the day, you can enjoy a round on the fantastic Isla Canela Golf Course or enjoy some of the leisure facilities that the hotel has on offer. These include a large outdoor pool area with many parasols and sunbeds, a children’s pool and a wide range of sporting activities from tennis to water aerobics.

The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option which means that you would have no need to leave the hotel other than to play golf. There is a large buffet restaurant with a selection of both Mediterranean and International cuisines as well as a pool bar situated just next to the outdoor pool where you can get a cold drink!

Outside of the hotel, you can find a stunning white sandy beach as well as a commercial centre which hosts a range of shops, restaurants and bars. You can also find some local restaurants in Punta del Moral which is just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance. If you are looking for nightlife, take the short trip into Punta del Moral to the marina.

Whether you are travelling as a group, with your family or just as a couple, this hotel is perfect for those looking for a luxurious golf holiday in a stunning and convenient location.

All of the above hotels mean that you can enjoy a few rounds at Isla Canela. The golf course is situated on the outskirts of the town of Ayamonte and is a great golf course for those staying in the Huelva region but also in the Eastern Algarve as it is so close to the border.

The course is fairly straightforward, but it does offer players a range of different challenges meaning that it is playable by both amateurs and low handicappers. This is by no means a boring course; the architects of the course have made it so that the course blends effortlessly into its beautiful landscape with some very interesting hazards as the landscape was originally marshland.

 

Next up, we have Islantilla Golf Resort, this is the perfect base for your next golf break to the Costa de la Luz with a wonderful array of great golf courses just a short drive away from the hotel as well as a sandy beach a few minutes away. This resort is relatively new but has already established itself as one of the best golf resorts in the region and it isn’t hard to see why.

Whilst you are here, you will be situated just ten minutes’ walk away from the stretch of unspoilt coastline at the Playa Islantilla beach. Also, just a bit further on you can find Islantilla’s commercial centre where you can find a range of restaurants and tapas bars. The great thing about Islantilla is that despite it is a great tourist destination for golfers, it has still retained its authentic Spanish culture.

Each of the 204 guest rooms boasts classic Spanish décor and all of the amenities and facilities that you could need or want in order to fully enjoy your stay. Within the rooms, you can find complimentary Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a safe and a large outdoor private terrace.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring the brilliant local golf courses, you can relax around the large outdoor pool or head to the fully-equipped fitness centre or the hotel’s spa. Due to the hotel’s prime location, you can also enjoy access to the hotel’s own private beach club with a pool and a range of different water sports.

Due to the hotel’s great location, you can explore the local area and enjoy eating out a few times during your stay, but the hotel also offers great eateries. There are three a la carte restaurants as well as a large buffet restaurant. After your meal, head to the hotel’s bar for a few drinks.

Look no further for a relaxing golf escape than the fantastic Islantilla Golf Resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the four-star Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf. This hotel boasts an idyllic location situated on the coastline in a resort renowned for its gastronomy and stunning beaches.

The resort boasts its very own 18-hole golf course – the Nuevo Portil Golf Course – which offers a superb round of golf to those of all abilities. The course is a great one if you are looking to improve your game whilst enjoying a round in the Spanish sun. There are some other great golfing options in the area including El Rompido (North and South) as well as La Monacilla which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the resort.

As you are set just 150 yards from the beach, you can relax on the beach whilst you are not enjoying a round or two of great golf. Alternatively, take the trip into the nearby town of Nuevo Portil which is just a 10-minute walk away and hosts a range of restaurants, bars and shops.

This colonial style hotel offers spacious rooms, excellent golfing options and a superb hotel restaurant – if you are looking for a great golf escape to the Costa de la Luz, look no further than Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 if there is anything at all that you need to ask about any of these resorts or e-mail info@golf-escapes.com and don’t delay as our promotion for 50% off golf carriage won’t last forever…

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Discover our 7 Must-Visit Destinations

This week’s blog is a guide to our 7 must-visit destinations. Summer is almost upon us and it is time to start thinking about where you will be playing golf over the next few months. There is no denying that it is nice to get away and play somewhere that you know will be warm! Take a look at these suggestions and start planning your summer golf escape.

 

First up we have Hotel Jardin Tecina which is situated on the beautiful island of La Gomera. The resort is sat on top of the village where you can find an array of bars and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. From the resort, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts stunning garden or sea views which you can enjoy either from a private terrace or balcony. The rooms also feature all of the modern luxuries that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay here including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV.

During the day, you can take a stroll into the fishing village of Playa de Santiago, enjoy a round on Tecina Golf or take advantage of the range of leisure facilities and activities offered at the hotel. There are five pool areas, extensive sporting facilities including tennis and squash courts as well as beach volleyball and table tennis. If you are looking to relax and indulge, take a visit to the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy a signature massage or facial.

Within the village, you can find an array of restaurants and bars, but you can also choose to stay within the hotel and make the most of the great half-board option that is on offer. In the main restaurant, there is a daily buffet and for those looking for true Spanish and Canary cuisine, you can enjoy a meal in the Tasca Fandango. There are five different bars for you to enjoy including the terrace bar which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cold drink! For your next golf escape to the Canary Islands, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina.

 

Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s biggest and most exclusive luxury holiday destination. The estate spans over 400-hectares and boasts beautiful scenery, two championship golf courses and a three-mile-long sandy beach. Within the estate, you can find dozens of bars, shops, bistros, cafes and even a nightclub as well as extensive sporting facilities. For those looking for relaxation, there is the brilliant Vale do Lobo spa where you can choose from a range of different health and beauty treatments or just enjoy the facilities including the sauna, hot tub and jacuzzi.

Within the estate, sits the brilliant five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. This hotel sits next to the Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course and within close proximity to San Lorenzo Golf Course. You can enjoy access to the stunning Vale do Lobo beach as well as the rest of the estate.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location, it is beautifully peaceful within the hotel, yet you are just seconds away from all of the leisure facilities within the Vale do Lobo Estate. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully decorated and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private, spacious balcony as well as Wi-Fi access and complimentary toiletries.

The hotel offers its guests a great range of leisure facilities throughout the Estate as well as the children’s Kangaroo Club, private tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and a great selection of spa facilities.

Within the hotel, you can find the Dom Duarte Grill where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with authentic cuisine originating from India, Africa and South America. There is also a great cocktail bar with its own outdoor terrace where you can find live piano music during the summer months.

Alternatively, when you choose Vale do Lobo Estate you can opt to stay within the Deluxe Apartments. These are a great option if you are looking for a self-catering golf break. The apartments sit in the heart of the estate with the Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean Golf Courses located just next door. You can choose from a one, two or three-bedroom Margarida apartment. Each of the apartments feature attractive décor and modern amenities to make sure that you can fully enjoy your stay at the Vale do Lobo Estate. The amenities within the apartments include an LCD television, DVD player, Wi-Fi access an air-conditioning. You have your own spacious living room, dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Of course, these are the perfect option for those wanting to self-cater, but you can take a night off to enjoy one of the many restaurants situated around the estate! Vale do Lobo Estate is the perfect destination for your next golf escape, whether you choose to stay within the Dona Filipa Hotel or within the apartments, you will have a brilliant stay.

 

Situated in Sicily is the Verdura Resort, the resort lies on the South West coast near to the seaside town of Sciacca. The hotel plays host to the fantastic Verdura Golf Course which is a stunning course and will test golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has established itself as being amongst Europe’s premier golfing destinations and provides guests with an air of unspoilt exclusivity that very few places in Europe can rival.

There are excellent facilities within the hotel including an award-winning spa, the championship golf course and other sports facilities including six tennis courts, a two-tiered infinity pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and various water sports. It is safe to say that you would never be bored during a stay at this fantastic resort.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed with Olga Polizzi-designed interiors as well as a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. If you are looking for a luxury golf holiday, look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily.

 

Next, we have the stunning Acaya Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside but still boasts a great location as you can drive into the historical centre of Lecce in just 20 minutes and out to the beautiful coastline of Southern Italy in just five!

With a great golf course next door, a beautiful, historical town just a short drive away as well as easy access to a stunning beach, it is no surprise that this hotel made our list of must-visit destinations for your next golf escape. In the town of Lecce, you can take part in a range of different historical excursions and explore the local attractions.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring Lecce, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a round of golf, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Within the spa you can find a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room, jacuzzi and Turkish bath to help you relax after a testing round of golf!

Of course, you can find some dining options within the town of Lecce but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. The Acaya Golf Resort boasts an array of drinking and dining options. At the Gian Giacomo restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of fine, Italian cuisine which is all created using the region’s freshest, local produce from a Michelin star chef. In the mornings, you can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold breakfast foods.

For your next golf break, look no further than the Acaya Golf Resort for a relaxing golf escape to Sicily.

 

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech is a great four-star hotel which sits overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option that is perfect for those wanting to eat and drink as they please!

The resort spans over 10-hectares and features a range of leisure facilities including three swimming pools, landscaped gardens and a small lake. There are plenty of sporting activities available as well as Spa Sensations where you can relax and maybe opt to purchase a treatment or two.  

Whilst you are not enjoying everything that the resort has to offer, you can venture out into the city and take part in various excursions that will be offered to you. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service which runs six times a day from the hotel to the centre of Marrakech.

Of course, there are some great golf courses nearby to the hotel – nine to be exact! With nine different golf courses to choose from, we know that no one could get bored here. Golf courses in the area include Al Maaden, The Montgomerie, Noria and Tony Jacklin Signature Course, all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.

The hotel’s main restaurant boasts a vast and delicious menu, offering a wide array of different cuisines to cater for everyone. The hotel’s guest rooms are all decorated beautifully and boast private balconies as well as other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

This is a brilliant hotel and a stay here gives you the opportunity to explore the brilliant city of Marrakech and enjoy some fantastic golf.

 

Last, but certainly not least, situated in Madeira, Portugal is Casa Velha do Palheiro. This is a stunning five-star golf resort which boasts just 37 luxurious guest rooms as well as a full spa. The hotel lies next to the famous Palheiro Gardens which were originally created over 200 years ago.

From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, guests at the hotel get the best tee times at this course. Whilst you are not playing a round on the golf course, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include a heated swimming pool with sauna, seam room and a full spa. There are other sporting facilities including a tennis court.

Something unique to this hotel is that you can make use of the hotel’s private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ which sits at Funchal marina, you can use the yacht for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to Fuchal twice in the morning and twice in the evenings.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape to Portugal, look no further than a stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider some of these must-visit destinations for your next golf break. Whether you are looking to travel as a group, with your family or just with a partner, we can tailor-make a golf escape which will meet your needs perfectly. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 to chat through some of your options!

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7 of the Best All-inclusive packages

This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best all-inclusive golf breaks that we have. Each of these resorts offers excellent leisure facilities, excellent golf and excellent food and drink. The great thing about going on an all-inclusive golf break is that you can eat and drink as much as you like without having to worry about a budget as everything is prepaid. It is often the best way to travel if you are going with a group or on a tight budget as no one will need to worry once you are there! Take a closer look at one of the following resorts for your next all-inclusive golf holiday…

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a brilliant five-star golf hotel situated in the heart of Belek. It is no surprise that we have requests for golfers to go back to this hotel year upon year due to its great golf, stunning location and lovely food and drink. The hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have a great golf break to Turkey.

Within the local area, you can find an array of great golf courses including the two Sueno golf courses which are on-site of the hotel – Sueno Dunes and Sueno Pines. The great thing about the location of this hotel is that you can enjoy great golf as well as the beautiful beach which is just a five-minute walk from the entrance of the hotel – you can enjoy a free shuttle service down to the beach from the hotel’s entrance.

The guestrooms are all beautifully furnished and are all fully-equipped with everything that you could need or want in order to make the most of your stay here. The rooms include either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There is also a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a large ensuite within each of the rooms. During the day, spend time relaxing around the pool or enjoying the hotel’s beach club where you can find hammocks and a pier jutting out into the Mediterranean with its own bar and sun loungers. The hotel also features a great spa where you can opt for a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Of course, one of the most important things to consider when you are travelling all-inclusive is the food and drink options. The hotel’s main buffet restaurant serves a wide range of food that you can enjoy out on the terrace or within the airconditioned restaurant. Alternatively, you can find the Birdie Bar at the golf club which features its own outdoor terrace. There are a few a la carte restaurants which you can book during your stay for a small extra charge. Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a fantastic option for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to Turkey.

 

Also situated in Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel, like most of the other Belek hotels, is situated on top of a long stretch of beach. There is no doubting that this is one of the most luxurious hotels in this area with high levels of service, brilliant facilities and fantastic golf at the neighbouring Cornelia Faldo golf course.

During your stay, you can enjoy the fantastic array of leisure facilities that you can find within the hotel. These facilities include aerobics, table tennis and tennis, you can also find ten different outdoor swimming pools as well as an indoor pool to relax around. If you are looking for relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s large spa where you can enjoy the sauna, Turkish baths or opt for a treatment. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to make the most of the discounted green fees and free shuttle service to the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course.

There is a range of room options at the Cornelia Diamond but all of them are very luxurious. If you are travelling as a family, you can opt for a swim-up family room which is interconnected by a swimming pool which guests have direct access to from the room. All of the rooms come with a satellite TV, air conditioning, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a private balcony or terrace.

In terms of food and drink, you are truly spoilt for choice here. There are four a la carte restaurants during the winter months and eight during the summer season. There are also eight different bars – with one of them being open 24 hours a day! Look no further than the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa for your next all-inclusive golf escape.

 

Another one of our best all-inclusive hotels is also situated in Belek, the Sirene Belek Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Belek and offers true five-star accommodation as well as excellent golfing options at the Pasha and Sultan golf courses.

Much like the other hotels in Belek, the Sirene backs onto the 16km long Blue Flag Belek Beach. The hotel boasts its own pier with sun loungers, parasols and a bar to relax on! Besides from relaxing at the beach club, you can enjoy the other leisure facilities including an outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor pool and an aqua park. There are also a variety of sports to enjoy including tennis, water sports and volleyball.

The hotel boasts an impressive five restaurants including an adults-only seafood restaurant, a large buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant. In the evenings, you can head to the Hoope bar where you can enjoy a wide range of beverages. This is a fantastic hotel with a wide range of leisure activities and beautifully furnished guest rooms as well as a great all-inclusive option.

 

The Pestana Delfim is situated just a few minutes’ stroll from Alvor’s golden beach and just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Alvor. This hotel is the perfect base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses situated in the local area, including Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol, Silves and Alto.

In the town of Alvor, you can find a wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops which means that you could choose to eat out easily. However, the hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option. Breakfast is served within the hotel’s buffet restaurant where you can find a delicious spread of food that can be enjoyed out on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar where you can find evening entertainment.

During the day, whilst you are not spending time on one of the many great golf courses in the area, you can lounge around the pool or on the beach or take advantage of the many leisure facilities. These facilities include the fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports and private tennis courts.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TVs and air conditioning.

Situated just 45 minutes’ drive from Faro airport in a desirable location, with plenty of leisure facilities and a stunning beach and town nearby, look no further for your next golf break than Pestana Delfim.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort. You can enjoy spectacular views of the rolling countryside as you enter the hotel and it doesn’t get any less luxurious. The accommodation at the hotel resembles a typical Andalusian white village with 134 spacious guestrooms and suites which are all decorated in traditional Spanish décor. You are situated on the outskirts of Benalup in a rural part of Spain, you can find a host of restaurants and bars which are worth exploring when you are not enjoying the food and drink within the hotel!

Within the resort, you can find outdoor swimming pools, a comprehensive spa facility, a fitness centre, tennis courts and the fantastic Fairplay Golf Club. Within the spa, you can find Jacuzzis, saunas, a Turkish bath and a solarium, there is a supplement or entrance into the spa, but it is worth enjoying a spa day during your stay.

The hotel boasts a great all-inclusive option, you can enjoy international and local cuisine within the Mar de Campo Restaurant, a buffet-style menu at Acebushes and a barbeque by the pool at Atalaya. There is also a lovely eatery overlooking the 9th hole at Hoyo 19 Restaurant. Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a luxurious golf resort which can offer you an unforgettable and exclusive experience for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz.

 

The four-star Iberostar Founty Beach is located on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco. Here, you can enjoy nine kilometres of unspoilt coastline as well as everything else the hotel hías to offer you. The hotel is situated just a few kilometres from the majestic city of Agadir making it the perfect location for your next golfing getaway to Morocco.

You can easily venture out into the city where you can find out more about the Moroccan culture. During the day, you can relax on the beach or explore the local bars and restaurants or the souks. Of course, due to its location, you are close to a few great golf courses including Golf de L’Ocean, Golf du Soleil and Golf Les Dunes.

Each of the 470 guestrooms within the hotel is comfortable and spacious and fitted with everything that you could need in order to fully enjoy your stay. The rooms all feature their own private balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a large ensuite bathroom.

You can find a wide array of leisure facilities and activities within the hotel including several large outdoor pools, a spa, volleyball, basketball and a kid’s fun park. There is also the fully-equipped fitness centre if golf isn’t enough exercise for you!

Due to the hotel’s location, you can venture out for food, but there are excellent restaurants within the hotel. There are three modern restaurants which serve both local and international cuisine in an elegant setting, you can enjoy drinks at the Lobby Bar where there is live music. The Iberostar Founty Beach is a great hotel and one that allows you to explore the city of Agadir as well as stay within a luxurious resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. This extensive golf resort is situated just a few steps away from the sands of Punta Cana. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach or playing one of the local golf courses including La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course, you can enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, a large spa area and beautiful gardens.

The hotel features 200 spacious guest rooms which all feature air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning sea views.

As part of the hotel’s all-inclusive programme, they offer an abundance of restaurants for you to choose from. There are eight international restaurants as well as many bars and public areas for you to enjoy a few drinks within! This resort is perfect for those travelling as a group or a couple. Look no further for your next all-inclusive golf break than the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that maybe one or more of these resorts has caught your eye. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape, we can definitely find something to suit yours and your group’s needs so make sure to give us a call today.

7 Hotels with the Best Reviews

This week’s blog is a guide to the 7 best hotels with the best reviews. We all know that there is nothing more assuring than booking somewhere that is based upon a recommendation from someone else. Whether you are looking to travel with a partner, in a group or with your family, these hotels have been given excellent reviews both by us and by our clients at Golf Escapes. Take a look and see whether any of these could be where you choose to spend your next golf escape…

 

First up, we have the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel. This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort, right next to the PGA National Cyprus. Besides from the spectacular golf course, you can find a range of leisure facilities, entertainment options and brilliant service here. Not only can you find all of this onsite of the resort, but you can take the short trip into the resort of Paphos where you can find stunning beaches, a picturesque harbour and an array of restaurants and bars. 

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, the pool or the gardens. You can choose from a range of room options and upgrades including suites which have the option of interconnecting rooms and luxurious family suites which have private pools. Whilst you enjoy your stay, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure activities. These include the modern fitness centre, the tennis courts and a large pool area as well as the Retreat Spa. You can easily take the short trip into Paphos where you can find a variety of great bars and restaurants but, if you choose to remain within the hotel then you won’t be disappointed. There are three fantastic restaurants situated within the hotel. The main Eleonas Restaurants offers breakfast and a lunch buffet with themed evening dining. There is the Jasmine a la carte Restaurant which serves delicious Asian cuisine and the Fig and Olive Restaurant which serves authentic Mediterranean dishes. You can enjoy live entertainment and cocktails within the Carob Lounge in the evenings.  

The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a fantastic hotel, perfect for your next golf escape to Cyprus, take our reviews seriously and take a further look at this hotel on our website!

 

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort is the ideal hotel for your next luxurious golf break in the heart of the Costa Brava. The hotel holds a worthy spot as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is onsite of the 36-hole PGA Catalunya golf complex making this a first-class golf resort situated in a beautiful area.

There are 145 guest rooms within the hotel, each of them is beautifully appointed and boasts all of the features that you would expect to find within a five-star resort, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and mood lighting. Like with most other brilliant hotels, you can opt for a room upgrade.

During your stay, you can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities within the resort. Whether you are a golfer or not, you can find plenty to do. There is a large, outdoor infinity swimming pool that you can relax around. There is also the hotel wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments or workout in the gym facilities. The main hotel’s restaurant, the 1477, serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Catalan twist, guests can enjoy their meal out on the terrace whilst they look over the Pyrenees mountains. After your meal, you can head to the Lounge Bar where you can enjoy a few beverages. For your next golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than the beautiful Hotel Camiral.

 

Located in a perfect beachfront location in Messinia, Greece is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino where you can find two excellent golf courses and a range of excellent facilities and leisure activities to enjoy. The design of the hotel was inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort’s villa clusters boast natural stone and local design elements making them looks as if they are in perfect harmony with the sandy beach and the hillside landscape.

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel is decorated with contemporary furniture and are fully-equipped with all of the facilities that you could possibly need or want for your next golf escape including a well-stocked minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi and stunning views from your private balcony. During the day, spend time exploring the local beaches, treating yourself to a few treatments in the spa, enjoying the aqua park or take on one of the many exhilarating activities including hiking, cycling and water sports.

The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast package but there are over ten restaurants for you to choose from for your lunches and dinners. You can find everything from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are also three bars and lounges that you can venture to for a few drinks and a signature cocktail. It is no surprise that this hotel has such brilliant reviews from our clients and staff, especially as there are two excellent golf courses onsite: The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. Whether you are travelling with a family, a partner or a group – check this hotel out for your next golf break to Greece.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is situated amongst the stunning foothills, in between the mountain and the ocean. This is a villa-based resort and boasts everything that you could possibly need or want from your next golf escape – including rounds on Portugal’s top golf course. There is a range of self-catered luxury villas for guests to stay in, most of which are spacious three-bedroom villas. They have everything that you could need including large terraces with outdoor dining areas as well as other facilities including complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Besides playing on the spectacular, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, guests can use the private tennis courts, workout in the fitness centre or head to the resort’s spa where you can treat yourself to a range of health and beauty treatments. If you are travelling with children, there is a separate children’s pool as well as a few large swimming pools for adults.

Of course, the villas are equipped so that you can cook for yourselves, however, if you choose to, you can venture into the nearby towns where you will find cobbled streets, quaint tapas bars and other delights. If you fancy eating at the resort, you can head to one of the four excellent restaurants and bars onsite. The Grill Restaurant boasts a range of meals and light snacks which you can enjoy whilst soaking up the beautiful views of the Monte Rei Golf Course. This is a fantastic resort with so much to enjoy onsite, it also offers a fantastic self-catering option which can be good if you are looking to enjoy your holiday on a budget!

 

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful villages.  This is a popular golfing resort and it isn’t hard to see why! The resort is situated just 30 minutes’ drive outside of Lisbon and the airport and boasts the 18-hole Campo Real golf course, tennis courts, extensive spa facilities and a wide range of restaurants and other leisure facilities. Close by to the resort, you can visit the Silver Coast and even venture into Lisbon and its surrounding towns.

The resort boasts individually decorated rooms which feature either courtyard or golf views. There are three restaurants on-site which provide a good range of choice as well as two bars – one of which is a great pool bar.

Of course, the best thing about this resort is the Campo Real golf course, the course opened for play in 2005 and boasts a range of exciting challenges, tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens. The front nine in particular, are a stern test of golf. After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the modern clubhouse where you can enjoy panoramic views of the course. Another great thing about this resort is that you can also play the likes of Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a highly-rated property – perfect for your next golf break to Lisbon.

 

Intercontinental Mar Menor is a great option for those looking for a luxury golf escape to Murcia. The hotel boasts a range of brilliant facilities, excellent service and the prestigious Mar Menor golf course, as well as easy access to some other fantastic golf courses nearby to the resort. This is a convenient resort to choose as it is just 15- minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport which means that even if you are looking for a short break, you can easily make this your destination.

Each of the 64 guest rooms is lavishly decorated with modern furnishings and great private balconies or terraces from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. You can opt for an upgrade here as there are a variety of room options within this boutique-like hotel.

Throughout your stay, you can make use of the excellent leisure facilities within the resort, these include a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool in the hotel’s spa and a Kid’s Club as well as tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

For dining, you can find an excellent range of restaurants and bars from the Mizu Japanese Restaurant to the Fontana di Pietra Italian Restaurant. This hotel offers all of its guests an unforgettable golf escape – make sure to check this hotel out if you are looking for a luxurious holiday.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is located in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the Casino and just a stone’s throw from the stunning sandy beach. Each of the rooms within the hotel is beautifully decorated in traditional Portuguese style. The rooms are fitted with every comfort including a spacious work area and a flat-screen TV as well as luxury amenities.

You can indulge in the hotel’s spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, massage and beauty treatments as well as a hot tub and an indoor pool. For dining options, you can enjoy The Grill Four Seasons’ international specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can also dine in style on the Bougainvillea Terrace. After dinner, you can enjoy relaxing in Bar Estoril which boasts a charming atmosphere and a variety of drinks to choose from.

The prestigious Golf do Estoril is situated onsite of the resort. This course has stood the test of time and stands today as one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in Portugal. The course comprises of a fairly straightforward layout but features very narrow fairways and undulating landscape which can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer. Look no further than Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa for your next golf escape to Lisbon.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will give us a call to talk through what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Don’t forget that we can tailor make any golf escape to fit you and your party’s requirements!

 

The 4 Golf Courses of Cyprus

This week’s blog is a guide to the four courses of Cyprus. In recent years, Cyprus has gained a brilliant reputation for being a superb golf break destination. Many players will return year after year to enjoy the luxurious hotels and great golf courses – make sure that you get a piece of that luxury by booking your next golf escape to Cyprus today.

 

Cyprus boasts a rich history, culture and a mild, year-round climate which makes it the ideal place for a golf escape. Whether you are travelling with golfers or non-golfers, everyone will find something enjoyable to do whether it is lying on one of the sandy beaches, visiting historical sites or taking part in the many leisure activities found within the different resorts. In Paphos, you can find a beautiful harbour situated to the south of the country, there is plenty to do here and some beautiful bars and restaurants to enjoy. There is no doubt that a golf escape to Cyprus would be an enjoyable one so take a look at these brilliant courses and the resorts associated with them – or you can just give us a call and we will sort you a great golf holiday.

 

First up, we have Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus which is situated in South Cyprus, the course opened for play in 2002 and was designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Cabell Robinson. The course is situated within the Aphrodite Hills Resort which is the largest golf resort in Cyprus and boasts a hotel, apartments and villas for guests. The course is a great mix of challenging pot bunkers, beautifully manicured fairways of Bermuda grass and generous, tiered greens. As you play, you wind your way through olive and carob trees, and you can enjoy stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Whilst the trees add to the scenery, they can pose a threat to your game as they are lying in wait for any errant shots. There are some truly magnificent holes along the course including the 3rd hole which is the lengthiest and most challenging hole along the course. For most players, you can play this hole as an uphill par 4 but for those more experienced players, you can play the hole as a par 5 from the back tees.

 

The 7th hole is another outstanding hole, it is a stunning par 3 where the green is positioned so that you must make a long carry over the ravine. The signature hole of the course is the 8th which boasts a panoramic view of the ocean from the tee, this is a breath-taking hole and is not one to miss out on!

 

Of course, if you are looking to play this great course, you should take a look at some of the accommodation options for you. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a five-star hotel which boasts luxurious rooms, brilliant leisure facilities and world-class service. The hotel also boasts three fantastic restaurants where you can find delicious Asian cuisine, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and a buffet restaurant. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, pool or the garden. You can choose to upgrade to a suite which are perfect for young families. There are many leisure activities that you can enjoy during your stay including the fitness centre, the tennis courts and a spacious pool area with sun beds. You can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments within the Retreat Spa.

 

Alternatively, you can enjoy a stay within Aphrodite Hills Residences where you can choose from a range of accommodation from luxury apartments to five bedrooms villas. Each accommodation option comes with a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private terrace or balcony. You can opt for villas that sleep up to 10 people, these five-bedroom villas boast their own private swimming pool. Whilst you are staying within the Residences, you can self-cater, but you can also enjoy all of the restaurants and bars within the Hotel and across the Resort. You can also make use of all of the leisure facilities that guests from the Hotel have access to, including the spa. One of the best things about Aphrodite Hills Resort, regardless of where you choose to stay, is that the resort provides frequent shuttle buses to and from the town of Paphos where you can find a range of superb bars and restaurants as well as a lovely harbour to walk around. For your next golf break to Cyprus – look no further than a stay at Aphrodite Hills Resort and a round on the PGA National.

 

Elea Golf Club is a brilliant par 71 golf course situated in an idyllic location above the Mediterranean Sea. The course boasts a stunning landscape and has been beautifully carved through a dramatic terrain which is full of character. The course was designed with input from Sir Nick Faldo and boasts many distinctive features typical of his designs. There is no doubt that this course poses a stern test of golf, there is an array of hazards situated along the course waiting to damage your scorecard. However, although the course is full of hazards, the more amateur golfer can enjoy this stunning course, too.

 

There is no doubt that this is a testing round of golf, every skill that you have developed as a golfer will be tested during this round. The course is considered to be an iconic parkland course in Cyprus but there is a links-feel to many of the holes due to their generous fairways and Arizona-style areas of wasteland.

The par 4 4th hole is perhaps the most outrageously bunkered hole in Europe, two irregularly shaped bunkers must be avoided from the tee in order to find sanctuary on the fairway, there is then the bridged green that slopes up at the front and then cants away towards the back – this green is heavily protected to the left and right by bunkers. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the par 4 17th hole. This hole has been nicknamed “Bobby Jones”, again, this is another hole which features lots of bunkers but also, a severely sloping fairway. You may be pleased to know that there are three bunker-less holes along the course! This is a superb golf course and one that you can enjoy whilst staying at the Aphrodite Hills Resort – either in the Hotel or in the Residences.

 

Next up, we have the par 71 18-hole championship course at Secret Valley which is uniquely situated at the base of a long valley that extends right out to the Mediterranean Sea. The course is situated just 18km from the lively resort of Paphos and opened for play in 1996.

 

Secret Valley is a two-time winner of the Best Golf Course in Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The course winds its way through a spectacular valley consisting of distinctive coloured Sty Kingly rock formations. In the mornings and the evenings, you can enjoy some beautiful sights created by the shadows – another good thing about playing during the mornings and the evenings is that you can avoid the burning heat of the day.

The front nine holes of the course are quite forgiving, but you must bring your best game with you if you are to score well on the back nine. As they boast different layouts, and their own distinctive features, you are set to have an excellent round of golf filled with varied play. With an array of hazards set along the course in order to challenge your scorecard, a stunning location with a beautiful setting, it is no surprise that this course is so highly recommended for your next golf break to Cyprus. Enjoy a stay at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel or within the Aphrodite Hills Residences as you can easily venture out to play a round here or at the other golf courses in the area, including the PGA National onsite of the Aphrodite Hills Resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Minthis Golf Club. Minthis Golf Club is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even during the summer months, you can enjoy a refreshing sea breeze. The course was designed by Donald Steel and it blends effortlessly into its beautiful surroundings, it is no surprise that this course is a favourite amongst golfers.

 

The course measures to just under 600 metres long and plays to a par 71. Due to the range of tee options, this course is suitable for golfers of all levels which makes it a perfect holiday course. However, this does not mean that you won’t find it a challenge. A unique feature of the club is the fact that it boasts captivating views over a 12th century monastery and the nearby Troodos Mountains. Of course, due to its position, there is the sea breeze coming into play which can make things difficult and may cause a few wayward shots! This is a fantastic course filled with a variety of holes, you can enjoy the short par 4 12th hole which boasts a steep, hazardous valley off on the left. This is followed by the signature 13th hole which is a challenging par 3, it is impossible to convey how brilliant this hole – it is one that you must try out for yourself – but it does include an island green surrounded by hazardous water.

If you are looking to play a round or two at Minthis Golf Club, we highly recommend you stay at the Dionysos Central. This three-star property is situated in the heart of the resort town of Paphos. It is a great value properly just a short walk from the beach and the harbour as well as range of great bars and restaurants. This is ideal if you are looking to stay in the midst of the action, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and attractions within the town, but you can also take a short walk to the lovely beaches. The rooms within the hotel offer the essential amenities for your stay including a mini fridge, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe as well as a private balcony. You can enjoy lounging around the hotel’s large outdoor pool and take advantage of the hotel’s evening entertainment. There are three restaurants and two bars within the hotel, and you can easily venture out of the hotel to the other restaurants and bars of Paphos.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a further look at these outstanding golf courses and the resorts that you could have the pleasure of staying within. Give us a call if you have any questions or queries, we can always tailor make a golf break suited perfectly to you and whoever you are travelling with.

7 Tricks to Avoid the High Prices

To keep your Golf Escape under the budget you desire can sometimes be a tricky job for the tour leader. Of course, everyone wants to play the best courses and stay in the nicest hotels possible, but often, it cannot be done for the set budget. If you can be flexible with your dates, then there are always some little periods in the year where there is a deal to be had. So here are our top tips of when to stay and play at certain hotels and courses for the 2019/20 season.


Our first visit is to Las Colinas golf course on the border of the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. Voted Spain’s best course 3 years in a row at the World Golf Awards, this is one that should be on everyone’s list to play. Littered with bunkers and huge water hazards, it is a course that is very pleasant on the eye. With little else around the course too, it is a peaceful experience, which helps as you work your way around this challenging course. But when should you play it? September. Las Colinas class September as their ‘low season’, even though it is a lot of regions most popular month for golfers. They cut the prices by 25% and makes one of Europe’s best courses a very affordable round of golf. Coming in at below £80 per person with a buggy included too, you have to include it in your itinerary for anybody staying from La Manga right up to Benidorm. It is well worth the journey.


The next stop off is in the Eastern Algarve and we are going to talk luxury. Not just luxury accommodation, but a golf course to match it too. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is one of Portugals finest golf resorts, perhaps even the best. Its huge Villas are traditional in design with modern touches throughout, making it the perfect place to relax before tackling the demanding
course on site. The Nicklaus course of Monte Rei is a Golf Escapes favourite and has to be considered a bucket list course that competes with some of the best courses in the world. Perfectly maintained all year, stunning surroundings and a level of service you can’t imagine is why this course is so superior to many others. Sounds expensive right? For a resort this good, it is worth paying for, but in the prime golfing period between 01st – 14th March, You could do 3 nights and 2 rounds (with buggies and range balls) from £359 per person! So, I bet we can guess where you will be going next March!

The Canary Islands. Known for its steady warm temperatures all year round, making it a fantastic winter golf destination where you can get away from the rain, wind and snow in the UK for some golf in the sun. The golf courses know this though and for that reason, their high seasons are from October through to April. So why don’t we go there in May or September? Same weather, same golf courses, but a fraction of the price. For example, Costa Adeje Golf in Tenerife. If you were to play this course on the 1 st of May or September, compared to the 1 st of November or February you would save over £35 per round!

The same for Salobre Old Course in Gran Canaria. You would save over £25 per round at this golf course. These are just two examples, but similar savings are to be had at all courses in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura during the ‘summer’ months. It seems strange to think things would be cheaper at these times of the year, but it really is the case, we promise.


When you think of a good time of year to play golf abroad, most people would say April, May September give you the full package. Sun, but not too hot and also not paying the high hotel prices that June, July and August bring. Nestled right in the centre of Paphos new town is the Dionysos Hotel, this property offers an unbelievable price in April. Peak golf season and with average temperatures 21°, this has to be the perfect opportunity to visit such a fantastic golf destination. The 3-star hotel in a perfect location is £20 per person, per night cheaper in April that it is in September! This hotel paired with the fabulous courses the island has to offer such as Aphrodite Hills, Secret Valley, Elea and Minthis makes for the perfect golfing getaway for couples and groups alike. They very much look forward to welcoming you in the most wonderful Cypriot manor.

Next is an option for groups on a budget. Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia is a resort that continues to baffle everyone here at Golf Escapes, but for all the right reasons. The resort has a 5-star hotel, 4-star apartments, a good selection of bars and restaurants and a lovely Jack Nicklaus golf course all within a stone’s throw of each other. Yet the apartments, known as ‘The Residences at Mar Menor’ is one of the cheapest and best value packages available in Europe. The resort is cheap all year
round, but to make it even better, they class the golfing peak season of May as their ‘low season’. So let’s talk numbers. 3 nights 2 rounds from £159 & 7 nights 4 rounds from £309 in May, yes May! Not only is there a great course on-site, but there are also 6 other courses that you can play for no extra cost and use the free shuttle bus provided by the resort to take you there too. We hope to see you there in May, because we will be there.


Praia D’el Rey. I am sure most of you have heard of the resort north of Lisbon and most would think of it as a prestigious golf course. That’s because it is. It has recently had a rather good addition to the resort too. West Cliffs golf course opened 18 months ago and has quickly become one of the most sought- after courses in the country. These two courses mixed with Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso (all within 15 minutes of each other) makes for one of the best selections of courses to play in Europe.
Back to the question of when to visit though… To be honest, we’ve cheated with this one. Go at any time. Any time from April until June and from September until the end of October is when we would recommend though. It can be a bit chillier here in the lower seasons, so nice to wait until the weather warms up, but when it does, it is a place of stunning natural beauty. Prices at either the 5 star Marriot Praia D’el Rey Hotel or the Praia D’el Rey Village (apartments and villas) are fantastic value for money during these periods. It is another resort that is hard to understand why it is so cheap considering the quality of golf courses. With 4 nights and 3 rounds staying in the village starting from £245 this package would be at least double the price if the resort was based in the Algarve. Golf Escapes really can’t applaud this resort highly enough as it is a truly unbelievable destination for the keenest of golfers.


Last but certainly not least… The Conrad Algarve. Voted in the top 5 hotels in the Algarve on TripAdvisor, a Michelin Star restaurant and awards under its belt such as having the best spa and the best hotel suite in Europe. The hotel is situated in the perfect location of the classy town, Quinta do Lago. Opposite bars and restaurants and 3 world class golf courses (Quinta do Lago North, South & Laranjal) within 5 minutes, this hotel has everything to offer. The hotel is luxury in every sense of the
word and is one of the most expensive hotels in the Algarve and rightly so. It is quite simply outstanding. Of course, though, it wouldn’t be in this article if it didn’t have a sneaky period where it becomes a place where anybody can visit. This period is from the beginning of March until the beginning of April, the perfect time of the year for golfers. It is literally half the price in March
compared to June & September. A Golf Escape of pure quality throughout is very possible and more than affordable in the month of March and if you wanted to treat yourself next year, get it booked sooner rather than later for even further discounts.
We hope this might have helped plan your holiday for this year and next. Be as flexible as possible with your dates and you never know what deals might just be a few days away from the dates you were first thinking.

 

7 of the Best Short Breaks this Easter

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best short breaks that you could choose for this Easter. Whether you are travelling alone, with a couple or group or with your family – there is something for everyone. Take a look at these fantastic hotels and resorts and see whether any of them catch your eye…

 

La Manga Club boasts a brilliant hotel as well as a village full of self-catering apartments. The resort is just 20 minutes’ drive from Murcia airport which means that if you are only going for a short break, you don’t need to worry about spending half of your holiday in the car! The third brilliant thing about La Manga is that it boasts over three hundred days of sun every year, making it perfect for this time of year when we are not sure whether we will see the sun in the UK.

The Five-star Hotel Principe Felipe is considered to be the centrepiece of the resort and boasts the perfect location surrounded by fantastic facilities and three brilliant golf courses within the resort. There are almost 200 guestrooms within the hotel and each of them is luxuriously decorated and fully-fitted with all of the things that you could want or need whilst you are away. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy around the resort including the spa and you can find two brilliant restaurants situated within the hotel.

Las Lomas Village boasts four-star apartments and offers a great self-catering alternative to those who are happy to cook for themselves a few times! As the apartments are situated within the resort, you can find all of the leisure activities as well as the three golf courses within striking distance of your front door. The apartments are all built into a hillside so you can enjoy stunning views over the North course and out to sea. You can choose from spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size, each of the houses and apartments boasts all of the modern facilities you might need including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private balcony.

La Manga Club is the ideal golf break destination with so many brilliant leisure facilities from the 200 square metre Spa La Manga Club to the three different swimming pools to the tennis courts – you will never be bored here! Of course, the main highlight is the three brilliant golf courses onsite you will not be disappointed by. Take a look at La Manga Club for your Easter golf escape today.

 

Next up, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a spectacular location beside one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The Praia d’el Rey golf course sits onsite of the resort and has been ranked as 13th in continental Europe meaning that if you choose this resort, you will have a world-class golf course to enjoy. Nearby to the resort, you can venture into the town of Obidos or enjoy golf at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos Golf Club and Bom Sucesso Golf Club.

Not only is there brilliant golf both onsite and nearby to the resort, but you can enjoy access to the extensive spa, free Wi-Fi and a health club which features an indoor and an outdoor pool. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully and boasts either ocean or golf views. They are all fully-equipped with the amenities that you may need throughout your stay. There are two restaurants on site and a bar, each offers either ocean or pool views for you to enjoy whilst you eat your meal or relax and have a few drinks. This resort boasts a brilliant location with easy access to the beach and some truly superb golf courses – book Praia d’el Rey for your next golf break this Easter.

 

The four-star Magnolia Hotel is situated in the heart of the great resort of Quinta do Lago. The hotel is the perfect destination for your next golf break to the Algarve for an abundance of reasons including the brilliant facilities, excellent service and the two prestigious golf courses which are within a ten-minute drive of the resort. Whilst you are here, you can spend time relaxing on the white sands of the Quinta do Lago beach or take part in the exciting water sports down there, alternatively, you can relax around the pool or in the spa.

If you are looking to go away this Easter to play some brilliant golf course, look no further than this hotel. You can enjoy rounds on both of the Quinta do Lago courses and the Vale do Lobo courses very easily as they are within such close proximity of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the essentials that you might need for your golf break including a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Each of the standard rooms boasts a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.

Whether you are looking to enjoy leisure facilities, play lots of excellent golf, relax on the beach or explore the local area, a stay at The Magnolia Hotel is one that you certainly won’t regret. Take a further look at the hotel on our website or give us a call to discuss your Easter golf escape now.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz is the brilliant, five-star Precise Resort El Rompido. The hotel is located onsite to the two outstanding golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club and just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido. Here, you will find impeccable service, brilliant golf, excellent leisure facilities and a beautiful town nearby. El Rompido is lovely and boasts an excellent selection of shops and authentic Spanish bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. However, if you don’t want to venture out, you can find everything that you could want or need within the hotel including a brilliant buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant.

You can choose from a range of options at the hotel from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with their family or friends. There are also suites if you’d prefer. Each of the rooms boasts a spacious balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, a satellite television and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The apartments are larger with a living room and a terrace which overlooks either the resort, the gardens, the pool or the golf courses. The resort is family-friendly and offers leisure facilities for children as well as adults like a mini-club and music shows. Whilst you are here, you can relax around the large outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the spa facilities. This is a truly brilliant resort and one that should not be passed up on. This hotel is a Golf Escape’s favourite, so make sure that you give us a call to talk about your next golf holiday to El Rompido today!

 

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant four-star hotel situated in the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra. This beachfront hotel boasts stunning rooms which boast Atlantic Ocean views and extensive leisure facilities including an outdoor infinity pool and a spa. Each of the guest rooms were refurbished in 2015 and they all boast a stylish and modern décor, they are all equipped with the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a private balcony.

Whilst you are not out enjoying the golf, you can relax in the spa which offers a range of health and beauty treatments as well as other spa facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Vertical Hydromassage. Not only do you have the large infinity pool to enjoy, but you can enjoy direct access to Sesimbra’s lovely beach. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the great golf that you can play including rounds at Aroeira I, Aroeira II and Quinta do Peru which are all fantastic golf courses.

The hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves delicious traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes as its speciality as well as a range of other divine dishes. However, due to your location, you can easily venture into the town of Sesimbra where you can find a range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Make sure to check out this hotel as an option for your Easter golf break.

 

Next, we have one of Europe’s most famous golf resorts, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is a very special resort and it is one that golfers return to year after year and it isn’t hard to see why. You can enjoy unbeatable service, great leisure facilities and a world-renowned golf course on your doorstep during your stay here. The hotel has undergone many renovations over the years, but it has always kept its unique charm and character which is probably one of the things that makes it so popular among golfers and non-golfers alike.

The hotel boasts a great location just outside of the pretty village of Alvor where you can find a beautiful beach, lots of bars and restaurants as well as shops to enjoy. Just a little further (10 minutes’ drive) is where you can find the towns of Lagos and Portimao where you can find yet more stunning beaches, bars and restaurants. Of course, if you choose not to dine out, you can enjoy one of the hotel’s four restaurants which serve a range of authentic Italian, Portuguese and international cuisine. There is also Bar Monchique where you can enjoy cocktails and live music in the evenings.

Each of the guestrooms boasts everything that you could need or want during your stay as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can appreciate fully the hotel’s lovely setting. The resort boasts an extensive range of leisure facilities including tennis courts, a large outdoor pool area and a children’s club, you can also take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service that runs to the nearby beach or relax within the spa. Of course, the world-renowned Penina Championship course is often the reason that golfers will come back year upon year, this course is an excellent test of golf and boasts a beautiful setting. This is an ideal destination for your next golf escape, and it isn’t hard to see why – come and find out why this resort has been voted as Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort before.

 

Last, but not least, we have Macdonald Dona Lola Resort which is situated on the Costa del Sol. The resort boasts a fantastic beachfront location just a short walk from Calahonda where you can find an abundance of shops, tapas bars, restaurants and nightlife. The resort is built around the impressively large curved swimming pool, the resort boasts two swimming pools in total as well as an indoor pool, tennis courts, golf courses and excursions to the local area. You can enjoy regular entertainment in the evenings as well as other leisure facilities. Whilst you are not playing on one of the local golf courses, you can relax within the health and relaxation centre or take a trip into Calahonda. This is a brilliant resort if you are looking to go somewhere where you can easily venture out for meals and nightlife. Of course, the main attraction here is the brilliant golf that you can find locally at Cabopino and Chaparral Golf Club. Look no further than Macdonald Dona Lola Resort for your next golf escape this Easter.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these hotels and their courses may have caught your eye. Feel free to give us a call to chat through some of these properties and what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away this Easter?